Oostelijke Handelskade 34, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1019 BN
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, Live entertainment, Romance, Special occasions
Expert review of Lloyd Hotel
I've stayed at the Lloyd on a number of occasions. With its laid-back vibe and everyone-is-welcome ethos, it's a strong contender for my favourite Amsterdam hotel. The monumental building out in the regenerated Eastern Docklands has a fascinating history: it was constructed in the 1920s to house eastern European emigrants heading to the Americas.
Though not central, the tram ride from the stop close to the hotel to the Centraal Station takes just seven minutes. There are trendy clubs and restaurants in the Eastern Docklands - the Lloyd often has deals that include a meal at Jamie Oliver's nearby Fifteen Amsterdam restaurant. Best way to explore the docklands is on a bike, which you can rent from the hotel.
Available at vastly differing prices and levels of comfort. They range from small, cabin-like spaces, rated one star by the hotel and with shared bathrooms, to palatial, if unconventional, rooms costing five times as much, with perhaps exposed pipework everywhere and a bath in the middle of the room. Note that the one-star bedrooms all have twin beds (not doubles).
The Lloyd's focal point is a vast, bright and uplifting open-plan hall, which serves as a multi-purpose bar, lounge, café and restaurant. Upstairs lie various exhibition spaces.
Locals pop in for a coffee and bowl of chips with mayo, as well as straightforward but good full meals.
The hotel's Cultural Embassy arranges a busy programme of in-house exhibitions, concerts and talks, and is far more clued up on what's happening in the city than most conventional hotel concierge services. There are also bikes to rent.
Willing, but informal.
Lots of creative types, and locals make much use of the café/restaurant.
Rates range from dirt cheap to expensive, depending on the size and comfort of the room. Full buffet breakfasts cost a hefty 17.50 euros per person extra, but you can have just a coffee and croissant for a few euros.
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- Oostelijke Handelskade 34, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1019 BN
- Business Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service